Swimming & Diving
Duke Swimming & Diving BIO
Honors: ACC Academic Honor Roll (2013, 2014)
2013-14: Swam on the Blue Devils’ 200 and 400 freestyle relays at the Nike Cup Invitational … Touched at 1:01.84 in the 100 backstroke preliminaries for her best mark of the season … Guided the 200 freestyle relay to a first-place showing at the Cavalier Invitational … Season best in the 50 freestyle was a 24.40 time trial clocking.
2012-13: Registered best times in the 50 freestyle (24.11) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.27) at the ACC Championships ... Also competed on the Blue Devils’ 400 freestyle relay during the regular season.
2011-12: Opened the season with a fifth-place finish in the 50 freestyle against South Carolina and Queens ... Member of the 400 freestyle relay that took second against eventual ACC champion Virginia with a time of 3:37.27 ... Competed in three events at the 2012 ACC Championships, posting a personal-best time of 1:00.93 in the preliminaries of the 100 backstroke.
2010-11: Registered a season-best time of 53.34 in the 100 freestyle to place sixth against Maryland ... Also posted a 53.04 split to help the 400 freestyle relay grab third against the Terrapins ... Best performances of the season came at the Nike Cup, where she clocked 24.34 in the 50 freestyle and 53.34 in the 100 freestyle.
Prior to Duke: Four-year member of the all-state team ... Three-time runner-up at the state championships ... Four-time district champion ... Established eight program records ... Seven-time All-America honoree ... Scholar athlete ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Patricia Anne Leeson on Mar. 13, 1992 in Bethlehem, Pa. ... Daughter of Joseph and Loretta Leeson ... Has two sisters, Maureen and Kathleen, and two brothers, Joseph and Robert ... Father, Joseph, ran track for DeSales ... Relatives who graduated from Duke include uncle, Robert McGonigle (‘08) ... Majoring in public policy studies ... Also pursuing a certificate in Markets and Management Studies.